Okinotorishima
Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year's Miyakojima Run

UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year’s Miyakojima Run

The recent sighting of a shipborne Chinese UAV only partly explains the importance of this year's training exercise: it was a display of China's growing naval capabilities and technological development.

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Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft spotted a Chinese UAV in the air around a Chinese fleet on a training cruise, this is the first confirmed sighting of a Chinese UAV.

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Invasion! Part 3: Attack of the Proxies

Military actions between states tend to lead to outright war. Actions by proxies on behalf of one state against another, on the other hand, tend to insulate the actor against direct blame, no matter how ill-concealed the control is. Think Pakistan vs. India, for example, and the Mumbai attacks of 2008. What if a foreign...

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Invasion! Part 2: Islands in the Stream

Senkaku Islands. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, estimates of oil under the East China Sea run from 28 to 213 billion barrels. The U.S. thinks it’s around 28 billion, and the Chinese think it’s 213 billion, although other foreign estimates put the number at around 100 billion. To put that in perspective, Kuwait has...

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Keeping Okinotorishima above water

Okinotorishima, the island claimed by Japan that is 1,700 kilometers southeast of the Home Islands, is getting some repairs to keep it above water. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said Friday plans are afoot to repair the typhoon-beaten concrete bulwarks of remote Okinotori Island, which Japan claims as its southernmost point, ministry officials...

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Hatoyama gets a scolding

The editor in chief of the Asahi Shimbun penned an open letter to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. [the] core of the problem lies in an inability to put together a new vision for the Japan-U.S. alliance amid drastic changes occurring not only in Japanese politics, but also in East Asia’s strategic environment. Read the whole...

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On the PLAN’s recent naval parades and resource wars

This writer for the Mainichi Daily News thinks that the passage of the Chinese flotilla off the coast of Okinawa was not aimed at the Japanese. Oh, it was “obviously” not. Rather, it was aimed at…the Americans! The Miyako Channel will likely serve as the gate to the open ocean for ships of the Chinese...

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